The US State Department has imposed sanctions on the Syrian Army, Syrian Navy, and Hizballah as well as Chinese, Iranian, Mexican, and Malaysian companies based on "credible evidence" they had been involved in illicit weapons transfers. A Pakistani man named Arif Durrani was also on the list. All are accused of "selling to or buying from Iran or Syria missile technology or material to make weapons of mass destruction."
The sanctions are considered "largely symbolic because many of the targets are already subject to U.S. sanctions for previous similar transactions." But it is the first time the Syrian Army, Syrian Navy, and Hizballah have been listed specifically for sanctions.
Following a visit from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said that he would "gladly" meet with US Secretary of State Rice, though she has refused to meet with Syrian officials. "Of course I'll meet her, if she wants to meet me," he said. Earlier this month, Muallem met with various members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and members of both parties, who defied the Executive Branch's in-place foreign policy.